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Bak Kwa Recipe (Pork Jerky)

Bak Kwa (Chinese Pork Jerky)

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Chinese New Year (CNY) is just a few days away (23 January, Mon), have you bought your bak kwa (Chinese bbq pork jerky;rougan; long yoke; 肉干) yet? By this time, there will be long queues at popular bak kwa stores and the prices will be sky high (at least S$40 per kg). I have always hated queuing so I almost never buy bak kwa during the festive season anymore.

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This year, I experimented with making my own bak kwa and I was pleasantly surprised by the result. I will definitely be making a few more batches before CNY. The ingredients are really cheap (just minced pork and seasonings) and I am using the oven to do the grilling. The quantity listed below will fit one standard oven tray, but feel free to make several batches at a time according to your needs and oven size. As long as you have the proper set-up and equipment, believe me that making your own home-made bak kwa is actually a breeze to pull off!

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Bak Kwa Recipe (Chinese Pork Jerky) (Step-by-Step)
Bak Kwa (Chinese Pork Jerky) Combine minced pork and seasonings in a deep plate. Mix the ingredients with the back of a spoon in a circular motion, until the red hue is even; this will take several minutes. The resultant mixture will have a gluey consistency. Wrap plate with cling wrap and refrigerate for a few hours.
Bak Kwa (Chinese Pork Jerky) Place parchment paper on a flat surface and spread the meat mixture one layer as thin as possible (about 5mm) with the back of a spoon.
Bak Kwa (Chinese Pork Jerky) Align the wire mesh directly over the meat mixture and invert it.
Bak Kwa (Chinese Pork Jerky) Carefully peel away the parchment paper.
Bak Kwa (Chinese Pork Jerky) Place the wire mesh with the meat mixture on top of an oven wire-rack with a tray beneath it. Bake the bak kwa at low heat for 20 minutes to dry the meat, then increase the oven heat and bake for 12 minutes.
Bak Kwa (Chinese Pork Jerky) When cool enough to handle, remove wire rack and transfer bak kwa to chopping board. Use a pizza cutter or pair of kitchen scissors to cut bak kwa to desired shapes and sizes.
Return bak kwa pieces to wire rack, the other side up (the side with the wire grill lines), and continue baking for 10-15 minutes, until the edges start to char slightly. Cool on wire rack and store in air-tight container.

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54 Responses to “Bak Kwa Recipe (Pork Jerky)”

  1. Ann@Anncoo Journal — January 17, 2012 @ 11:16 pm

    I really want to try this bak-kwa. Looks sooo yummy!


  2. Little Corner of Mine — January 18, 2012 @ 1:05 am

    Lovely! Bak kwa for the CNY! I think I need to make some too!


  3. tigerfish — January 18, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    I make my own in the US cos there is no chance to queue for Bak Kwa over there! LOL


  4. jo — January 18, 2012 @ 8:45 am

    Hi Wiffy, looks like you are also making your own bak kwa. I think the prices are already about $45 to $48 per kg now. Seems ridiculous to pay this amount just to eat it during CNY. I personally don’t crave for it, so it is no big deal to me. But I must salute you for attempting a home-made one. Wishing you and your family a happy Lunar New Year.


  5. Alice Tan via Facebook — January 18, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    hi, i refrigerated but why i can see it is watery? something i missed out?


  6. NoobCook via Facebook — January 18, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    Hi Alice, it is supposed to be a gluey consistency, did you measure the ingredients?


  7. Alice Tan via Facebook — January 18, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    yes.. seasoning n mince pork x 2 coz i wan to double size it. i just cover the seasoned meat in fridge but not wrap it like you mentioned. could this be the reason? hmmm… wondering it can be successful or not… :S gona grill it later..


  8. Candy Tan via Facebook — January 18, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    Erm. .. I’m trying it out too and i used a baking tablespoon to measure all seasoning. It turned out too watery and i just threw in somemore meat.I think maybe a tablespoon that is used for eating was used originally?


  9. NoobCook via Facebook — January 18, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    do you use a tsp = teaspoon? only the 5 spice powder, fish sauce and sugar is measured in tablespoon (tbsp). I used the types for baking, not eating. 3 tsp=1 tbsp. let me know how it goes.


  10. Alice Tan via Facebook — January 18, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    baking teaspoon? hmm… i used the normal spoon.. guess mine in trouble…